The Death Penalty in America

Matthew A. Lynn’s 2007 photograph of the Tombstone (Arizona) gallows replica. Law enforcement officials once justified public executions as a deterrent, basically employing a psychology similar to that of terrorism (i.e., frightening a larger group by killing a few). The terrorism ploy was clearly evident in all the unconstitutional lynchings that took place throughout the American West and South. (Wikimedia Commons image).

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Will Sarvis

Will Sarvis

Freelance writer, former teacher, author of Embracing Philanthropic Environmentalism and other books.